Effect of Technology on Civilization and Culture
Undoubtedly, the greatest invention that our generation is witnessing is the rise and widespread use of technology. Growing up as a young person, some of the tools that technology has birthed today were unimaginable to me. The few that existed seemed complicated and could only be operated by a few individuals whom the community respected so much. Today, a gadget that looks complex can be run even by my last born child who is 5-years old. There has been a rampant increase in the use of smartphones, computers, and the internet. This rise has consequently brought about a paradigm shift in the civilization and culture of our society.
Ten years ago, the primary source of knowledge for me was the school. The much information that I and my age-mates gathered was from our teachers. Today, even without going to school, I can use the various search engines such as Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, among others on the internet to access the information on a particular area that I am interested in. Ten years back, learning could only happen when the learner and the instructor met physically. Today, however, students can take online courses and even proceed to graduate and obtain their certificates at the comfort and convenience of their homes. All that they need is a working internet connection. Digital technology has made access to diverse forms of information easy and possible in this age unlike it was some time back.
Today, social media has turned tables on the traditional physical meetings that were being used as forums for discussing issues and passing resolutions. My friends and I no longer need to meet in coffee shops and restaurants to iron out organizational matters. We can simply chat on WhatsApp and Facebook groups and decide on important issues. Regardless of the different geographical regions that members of a group may be located at, we can unanimously agree on a particular time, date, and platform on which to meet and sort out team issues.
Finally, it is worth noting that the future of digital technology is bright. With the cost of data and cost of digital devices falling drastically, one can only expect an unprecedented rise in their use. Besides, almost all spheres of our livelihood in one way or the other, depend heavily on these digital gadgets. In churches for instance, projectors are used to pass announcements and to display the lyrics of the song the lead singer is singing. At school, they have replaced the usual chalkboards. In executive meetings, they are used to make presentations and summarise the proceedings of the event. More innovations and renovations of the existing tools will have a definite increase in the use of these gadgets.
By: David Buckingham